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CM5 Update: Kick-Off is Approaching!
by Keir Edmonds - 03/02/2005
Development Update & News
It?s been some time since there was any official news or announcements from either BGS or Eidos on Championship Manager 5. This has partly been intentional in that we didn?t want to promise anything that we wouldn?t deliver; and partly as we?ve been totally focused on delivering a quality simulation.
The launch of CM5 was moved from pre-Christmas to give it the necessary amount of time to ensure that it is of the highest quality. We believe that CM5 will be a better game because of this, and that the improvements underway will take the series forward to a new level.
We?ve taken our time to ensure that we meet the very high standards and expectations that Championship Manager fans demands. This has involved talking extensively face-to-face with fans of the game as they?ve played the new code and fed-back on how we can improve it. We?ve taken all these comments on-board ? good and bad ? and believe that we?re about to launch a simulation that is worthy of the title Championship Manager 5?the most engaging and realistic football management offering yet.
Over the course of the next few weeks we?ll be providing weekly updates where we?ll outline in detail the key developments and improvements that will be brought to you with CM5. As a taster:
The code architecture we?re adopting means that CM5 is lightening quick without compromising the depth or realism of the simulation.
We?re currently optimising the spread of results and match statistics versus the real-world, cross-referencing with data supplied by Opta. At the moment we?re at 90% accuracy but looking to push that even higher.
We?re making scouting much more reliable with improved briefing and filter features. We also have a completely new ?PlayerCam? tool which will revolutionise the way you scout players.
We?ve made the training aspect of CM5 for accessible and usable with the introduction of our new Create Schedule wizard. The schedules and drills have been constructed by top Premiership coach Mervyn Day to ensure absolute realism.
The all-new tactics section has again been designed in collaboration with Mervyn. It now offers more default formations, greater customisation and more player / team instruction options.
Countries, Leagues & Competitions
Our objective has always been quality over quantity, ensuring that the data and competition rules in CM5 are the most accurate and realistic. We can now confirm that there are 26 playable countries, so 26 playable league structures. That equates to 137 competitions comprising:
61 League Levels (76 ?Groups?)
45 Domestic Cups
13 International Club Competitions
18 national Team Competitions
So stay tuned for more details on these and other aspects of the simulation, plus a few other surprises along the way!
The Championship Manager Team